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Nadal books place in US Open semis

5th September 2019, 10:14 by Tom McGarry

Rafael Nadal has made it through to the semi-finals of the US Open after seeing off Diego Schwartzman in straight sets.

The world number two remains on course to claim his fourth title in New York after digging deep to seal a 6-4 7-5 6-2 victory over the Argentine.

Victory at Flushing Meadows this year would also see Nadal move to within one of Roger Federer's tally of 20 Grand Slam titles and he is the only player through to the last four that has previous experience of reaching the final of one of the big for events.

Next up for the 33-year-old will be a clash with Italian Matteo Berrettini, who booked his spot in a first Grand Slam semi-final with a thrilling 3-6 6-3 6-2 3-6 7-6 (7-5) triumph over Gael Monfils.

On the other side of the draw Federer's conqueror Grigor Dimitrov, who has previously reached the semi-finals of both Wimbledon and the Australian Open, will take on fifth seed Daniil Medvedev.

Nadal is taking nothing for granted, however, despite his tag as tournament favourite and he is expecting a stern test of his credentials against Berrettini - a player he has never previously met on the ATP Tour.

"Berrettini is having a great year," Nadal told reporters. "He's in semi-finals winning a lot of good matches, so what you can expect in a semi-final of a Grand Slam match? You can't expect an easy opponent. You can't expect an easy match."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Tom McGarry completed his sports journalist degree in 2011,and has since has become an integral part of the editorial and audio team. He is passionate about all things sport, particularly football, and is a lifelong supporter of his hometown club Carlisle United.

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